Last month was the one-year anniversary of my cousin Sarita’s death. Sarita died at age 57. She fell and broke her neck. Her sudden death has given me pause and here are a few lessons I learned from her passing:
- If you drop something, get up and retrieve it. DO NOT bend over or reach to get it.
This is what happened to my cousin. She was seated on a chair, dropped something and reached and stretched to pick it up and broke her neck! She slipped off her chair and landed funny on her neck and that was it. No fall from a sport, or a car accident or from a tall ladder, just a chair, something everyone has done one time or another.
- Don’t put off your Happiness or your Dreams.
My cousin was in the process of moving out of New England to Florida, her dream for many years. She was sorting out the house for sale and finally after talking about it for years she was making steps toward that move. Obviously she never made it. She waited too long!
- Life can change quickly.
One day you are sitting on your chair enjoying a cup of coffee and the next moment you are dead! My cousin Sarita had she lived would have been paralyzed. Just one small choice can really impact life forever!
- Make yourself a priority.
Sarita was a very caring, giving, loving person. So giving to others her own life was muted to help other family and friends. Marriage, children, career advancements took a back seat to helping her Mother after her Father died or caring for her Grandmothers.
- As we age Falls are not a good thing!
If you hike, ride a bike, ski or just walk your self or with your dog, good shoes and surefootedness are good choices. We usually think of small children when we say “make smart choices’, but it is a mantra for all of us as we age. I have had many friends fall and break an ankle, wrist or arm just from a misstep off a curb or a tree root!
I feel Sarita’s untimely death has taught me some valuable lessons. Any resonate with you?